Census 2021

The Hindu Mandir Network in conjunction with the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHT) organised a webinar on the subject of the Census 2021. 75 participants from mandirs across the UK participated in the online event on 20 Feb 2021.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is in charge of conducting the Census. Shri Harkishan Mistry, the official representative of ONS, gave an insightful presentation about the Census which is happening on 21st March 2021. In particular he explained how the Census data is used by local and central Government to provide for the needs of the community including places of worship, community centres, schools, care homes etc. He then stressed why it is important that Indians / Hindus are properly recorded on the Census and about the importance for all the Indian community to take part in completing the Census form.

There was discussion and special focus on the 4 key questions of National Identity, Ethnicity, Religion and Language that affect the Hindu community. Using posters  and videos  that are widely available the audience was informed about how the answers would affect their community’s representation in the future when local and central government makes decisions on funding for places of worship, community centres, schools, care homes etc.

Mandir Executives were urged to cascade the importance of the Census to their congregations and Hindu communities in their area.

We have made the posters and videos available for download from our website.
Please click here to access them.

Further information about the Census is available on the Census Website – www.census.gov.uk

British Hindus and Census 2021

More Videos on Census 2021

Barry Gardner on Census 2021

Bob Blackman on Census 2021

General ONS Census Indian Community

Raju Pandya on Census 2021 (In English)

Raju Pandya on Census 2021(In Gujarati)

Young Indians and Census 2021

Posters

Poster for Gujarati Language

Poster for Bengali Language

 

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A report on the state of Hinduism in Religious Education in UK schools is out now!

Last year a survey was circulated to the Hindu community. The results are out now and make incredibly disturbing reading.
  • Teaching resource materials found claiming Hindus turn to terrorism.
  • Mass dissatisfaction amongst Hindu parents about the quality of Hinduism in RE.
  • Data shows that GCSE Hinduism is not available at all in most schools as an option.
Read more here For all findings and recommendations: Read more
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HINDU MANDIR NETWORK LAUNCHES IN THE UK

14 January 2021

On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti (14 January 2021) Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (VHP) launches the new Hindu Mandir Network in the UK to increase networking, cooperation and collaboration between Hindu mandirs in the UK

Dr Tribhovan Jotangia, President of VHP UK said, “Hindu Mandir Network (HMN) is a project of VHP UK and is formed after the very positive feedback received for such regular events in the UK following the historic first Hindu Mandir Executives Conference (HMEC) UK conference in October 2020. HMN is a network of Hindu mandirs to support and learn from each other – It is NOT a separate national organisation. “

The main aims and objectives of HMN are: … READ MORE

For further info contact by email:  info.hmnuk@gmail.com.

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Makkar Sankraanti or Maghi, is a festival in the Vedic calendar dedicated to the deity Surya i.e., the Sun.

In most years it is celebrated on 14th January. Each year, it is observed in the lunar month of Magha which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar and is a day the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and other people of Vedic Paramparaa celebrate their harvests. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makkar Raashi i.e., Capricorn, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

Sankraanti is a Sanskrit word and one of the meanings is ‘The actual passage of the Sun or other planetary bodies from one sign of the Zodiac into another’.

The earth, during its orbit around the sun, spins on its axis, each rotation lasting 6 months – during these 6 months, one hemisphere nears just a little towards the Sun; during the next 6 months it inches just a little away from the Sun. Hence the lengthening of day vs night (and whether it is winter or summer) is experienced in an opposite fashion in the northern (Uttaraayana & observe Makkar Sankranti) and southern (Dakshinayan observing Karka Sankraanti) hemispheres.

Therefore the festival has spiritual as well as astronomical significance.

Please download the full information pdf

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HMEC UK 2020 – Conference Proceedings now available to download

Following the momentous inaugural Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference UK on 4th October 2020, the Conference Proceedings booklet is now available to download.

The booklet will be useful for you and our mandirs especially if you share it with other executives of the mandir to help make mandir the heart of the Hindu society.

Download the Conference Proceedings 

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Deepawali Mahotasav

Deepawali, the Festival of Lights, is a 5 day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Hindu Calendar month of Kartika. Deepawali when translated means “rows of lighted lamps” and the occasion is also referred to as the Festival of Lights.

During Deepawali, homes are cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Shree Lakshmi, the Divine Deity of Wealth & Prosperity. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Mata Lakshmi. Gifts & Sweet Prasad are exchanged, and festive meals are prepared during Deepawali. Because there are many beliefs and regions in India ie Bharat, there are myriad manifestations of the Deepawali festival.

Download Deepawali Mahotasav Factsheet

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK)’s contribution in the historical consecration of Shree Ramjanmabhoomi Mandir

Jai Shree Rama all Priya Bandhu Hindus of the world.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK) is proud to have been a part of one of the most ennobling historical events for Hindus in the last two millenia, that of the Restoration of Ramjanmabhoomi where a glorious Mandir is to be consecrated in dedication of their most Revered and Premier Deity, Bhagwan Shree Rama, at His original Birthplace in Ayodhya.

Read the full article here

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SRI RAM MANDIR BHOOMI POOJAN AYODHYA

SRI RAM MANDIR BHOOMI POOJAN AYODHYA , WED 5 AUG 2020
HISTORIC DAY FOR 1 BILLION HINDUS

An historic and auspicious ‘Bhoomipoojan ceremony’ for the grand Sri Ram Mandir at the Ramjanmasthan (birthplace) will take place at Ayodhya on Wednesday 5th August 2020. Hon Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji will do the pooja in the presence of revered swamis, dharmacharyas and other prominent personalities. This is a day to rejoice and celebrate as it fulfils aspirations of one billion Hindus around the world. It is a culmination of centuries of struggle, battles and various campaigns by the Hindu society. Thousands of Hindus sacrificed their lives for the mandir. It is also a day to remember and pay tribute to those sacrifices.

The whole of Ayodhya City is magnificently decorated. The sacred water and soil from all the major rivers and religious places from Bharat will be used during the bhoomipoojan ceremony. The Mandir will surely be a glorious center of Samajik Samrasta ( social harmony ), national integration and Hindutva Jagaran ( Hindu awareness ) for eternity. The ceremony will be broadcast live in most major Indian TV Channels ( 7am to 8am BST).

To mark this historic event and join in the celebrations, we request you to do any or all of the following with family on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

  1. Light a diya at the photo/murti of Sri Ram or Istadevata and recite Ram stuti or vijay mantra “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram”.
  2. Decorate appropriate place in the house with rangoli and light diya in the evening.
  3. Explain the young ones in the family the history of Ram Janmabhoomi and why this day is so historic for Hindus. Greet friends with “Jai Sri Ram” on this day.
  4. Join online Ram Bhajan Sandhya to be performed by Dr Vijay Rajput a distinguished Hindustani Classical Singer from 3pm to 4pm (BST) on FaceBook link https://www.facebook.com/VHP-UK-Manchester-102431154862315/
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Last Rite Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Last Rite Services

Om Shanti.

The World is facing unprecedented times due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outrage inflicted upon humanity.

As a result of this it is expected that there will be an unusually high number of unwarranted deaths, including that of Hindus.

Services to perform the Last Rites will be stretched and families will be under severe strain to contain their grief as well as to give their beloved departed family members the sacred Last Rites required according to Hindu Dharma.

Under such difficult times, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (World Council of Hindus) is offering its Last Rite Services to those who wish to avail themselves, with all humility and dignity. Acknowledging there are diverse Hindu beliefs, VHP offers a Minimum Common scriptural text that satisfies Hindu Funeral Rites.

The VHP UK (Yorkshire) has published a booklet (please insert the link ) called Hindu Funeral Rites in Conjunction with the Bradford Metropolitan Council Community Enterprise Section to enable anyone who wishes to avail themselves of this publication.

The service offered by VHP UK is in keeping with the Selfless Service offered as one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma, SEWA. It is an honorary service performed with Humility and Dignity

OM Shanti Shanti Shantih.

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO FILES

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The Ayodhya Issue

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